Foster Program

Do you have the time and space to help a homeless pet? We need you!!

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The Wake County Animal Center needs animal foster families to temporarily care for animals until they are ready for adoption.  Foster parents help prepare animals for adoption by providing individualized care and socialization for the most needy shelter animals.

FOSTER PARENTS are the Wake County Animal Center's biggest need! The Wake County Animal Center will provide the same care for animals in foster as they do for the animals in the Animal Center. This is a rewarding way to help homeless pets, as all fosters are helping the one that they take into their home – and the one that now has a spot in the Animal Center.

Temporary Pause on Foster Applications

We're busy processing current foster program applicants, so we're temporarily pausing new applications for a few weeks.  

Thanks for considering fostering! Please check back! Foster families save lives! 

What animals are most in need of a Foster?

Our biggest areas of need for fosters include:

  1. Kittens! Note that kittens cannot be made available for adoption until they are at least 2 lbs. and 8 weeks of age. 
  2. Large Dogs / Pit Bull-Type Dogs

Animals are also sent to foster for the following reasons:

  • Underweight
  • In need of minor behavioral modification and/or socialization
  • Recovering from treatable illness

We also need fosters for little critters such as hamsters, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and ferrets.

What are the requirements to become a foster?

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a valid NC driver's license
  • Have proof of medical, auto and homeowner's or renter's insurance
  • If renting, provide proof of permission from your landlord that you can have pets in your home
  • Be able to isolate the foster animal from family pet's for an initial 10-day period
  • Live and house foster pets within Wake County (or be willing to drive the pets to and from the Animal Center if you live outside of Wake County)
  • Current pets must be up to date on vaccinations and spayed or neutered.

Where can I learn more about the Foster Program?

To learn more about the Wake County Animal Center Foster Program, please check out our Foster Program Frequently Asked Questions page!

Does this program offer fostering for privately owned animals?

Only animals that are in the care of the Wake County Animal Center are eligible for the Foster Program. We DO NOT offer foster care for animals of private citizens.

Foster Coordinator - Joanne Duda